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Bradley Steiner

June 4, 1947 — December 5, 2020

Bradley J. Steiner, internationally recognized instructor of martial arts and physical training, died on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Brad Steiner was born in The Bronx, New York on June 4, 1947. He began his study of martial arts in the 1950's with instructors including Sgt. Charles ("Charlie") Nelson at his School of Self Defense. Brad was a devotee of sensible weight training since the early 1960's. He also studied hypnosis for more than 40 years and was a Washington state licensed hypnotherapist for 22 years, specializing in mental conditioning training for police and military personnel, as well as for private citizens. In 1975, Professor Steiner founded the American Combato system of self-defense and close combat, also called Jen-Do-Tao, The Way of Combat. He was acknowledged as a 10th Degree Black Belt - "Shinan" - the "originator" of that self-defense system. He was certified by the legendary Col. Rex Applegate to teach methods of close combat developed during World War II by Applegate and his British counterpart, William Ewart Fairbairn, in training Allied commandos. During his career, Steiner authored over two dozen books and thousands of articles on martial arts and physical training, published in magazines and through his website In Seattle, he taught at his school, the Academy of Self Defense, and continued to instruct his students and publish his writings up until his untimely passing. He is survived by his wife, Anna Steiner.

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